The Center for International and Comparative Law (CICL) at Whittier Law School serves as the focal point for the law school’s curriculum in international and comparative law, and connects students and the law school community with the broader network of international and comparative scholars, lawyers, and experts in the field. The law school’s international and comparative law faculty have vast expertise across a number of areas, including international and comparative intellectual property law (Professor David Welkowitz), international environmental law and law in Latin America (Professor Peter Reich), international and comparative animal law (Professor Thomas Kelch), Islamic law and comparative law and religion (Professor Seval Yildirim), comparative constitutional law and law in South Asia (Professor Manoj Mate), and comparative law and sexuality and law in East Asia (Professor Stewart Chang). The Center is directed by Professor Manoj Mate.
The Center offers a number of programs which allow students to further their understanding of international legal issues. The Center offers a certificate program that allows students to pursue a specialized track in International and Comparative Law, and offers a fellowship program in which fellows receive partial tuition fellowship while they also complete the CICL certificate. CICL fellows may use fellowship funding toward international and comparative law focused summer programs.
Additionally, the Center organizes numerous colloquia each year, hosting scholars and experts from prestigious law schools, government, international organizations, private practice, industry and elsewhere. Last year, the Center hosted presentations by two United Nations Special Rapporteurs, and other events have featured talks by scholars and experts from Yale Law School, Berkeley Law School, the University of Texas, Washington University School of Law, Arizona State University, and the U.S. State Department. The Center also has developed linkages with the International Sections of the State Bar of California, and Orange County Bar Association, and in the past, the Center has organized panels and other events in conjunction with these groups.